You all may recognize Jon Klassen's work from his design on greeting cards, such as those that can be found on Red Cap Cards, or from his cover work and illustrations for The Incorrigible Children of Ashton Place.  However, what I didn't know was that Klassen worked on the visual development and drawings for sets and props for Coraline, the stop-motion movie by Laika Inc. and based on the novel by Neil Gaiman.  This is one of my favourite movies, particularly because I think the 3-D effects are especially powerful when paired with the stop-motion quality of the film.  And as for the story, you all know that I'm a huge nerd for Neil Gaiman material.

On Klassen's website Burst of Beeden (clever), he's included some of the materials that he created for the film and these drawings are quite amazing.  I love looking at how the sets were composed, down to the specific detail of the "props" in the kitchen and the colour themes used in each scene.  If you've seen this film (and if you haven't, I highly encourage you to), you'll appreciate the contrast of the bare and stark "real" world to the rich tones and embellishments of the "Other" World.  It's not hard to understand why Coraline would escape to the Other World night after night.

All pictures are copyright Jon Klassen.  You can buy his prints and artwork here on Gallery Nucleus.